JP AUSTRALIA MAGIC RIDE 132L FWS 2015 TEST REVIEW
The 132 is the largest Magic Ride available and remains unchanged for 2015. Tested here in Full Wood Sandwich (FWS) construction, like the 118 in the series it is also available in ES, Pro and the brand’s elite GOLD construction. It comes supplied with a 44cm fin and a myriad of footstrap options.
“Thrilling and exciting extra wide, short and thin freeride boards. They feature unbelievable early planing with the easiest gybing possible. The main difference to boards from our competition is, that they really give you an electrifying feel which you normally only get from much smaller boards. Their early planing and top speed are also unmatched in their class.”
On the water the Magic Ride possessed an innate ability to rise up onto the plane, making it a match for most on the water, let alone the others in this test group. Incredibly stable off the plane, both directionally and underfoot, it responds effortlessly as power is applied, gaining speed and hovering up, over the water’s surface. Its acceleration is safe and steady, ensuring the stability remains, whilst its wide tail provides the time and security to reach the straps. More experienced riders can pop the board onto the plane even more readily as it responds instantly to pumping, requiring a less extreme ‘off-wind technique’ than others in the group. Once on the plane the 132 rises high out of the water, riding efficiently right on the tail, the fin providing good traction, whilst the sailor’s heels remain clear of any slap or spray with the water. The ride is crisp and engaging, encouraging the rider into a comfortable straight-line rather than manoeuvre-oriented stance. There seems to be noticeably more volume and area in the tail of the 132 than others in the group, which plays its part as you enter lulls, enabling the JP to glide through even the most prolonged dead-patch easily. This is also apparent in the gybe however, where the JP requires more of a concerted step-over onto the leeward rail and more input from the rider. Push tentatively and the 132 cruises round the turn safely, but doesn’t quite offer the glide of others, often stalling upon exit. Instead, it responds best to a more active gybing style, leaning forward into the turn to help the moderately tucked rails bite and grip. Overall, the Magic Ride is a master for making the most of those marginal wind days, with an early planing ease and riding comfort that makes it a lot of fun for covering great distances.
The Magic Ride 132 is an early planing whizz, which combined with its straight-line comfort and efficiency, makes it a stunning platform for making the most of those all-too-often marginal wind days.
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